Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Lafarge Cement Kiln LFG Energy Project-Oklahoma
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- End User(s):
- Lafarge North America Inc.
- Quarry Landfill
- Landfill Size:
- 4.3 million tons waste-in-place
- Project Type:
- Direct Thermal (cement kilns)
- Project Size:
- 700 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
- Environmental Benefits:
- Carbon sequestered annually by 1,800 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 1,600 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from more than 20,000 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to heating 2,300 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0024 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
- LMOP Partners Involved:
- Lafarge North America Inc., Waste Management, Inc. (WM)
- Last Updated:
Two LMOP Partners teamed up to build a 1.5-mile pipeline to transport landfill gas (LFG) to the Lafarge cement manufacturing plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. LFG that was previously flared expands the cement plant's alternative fuel options and provides a reliable, renewable, and environmentally friendly form of energy.
According to Aggregate research.com, Lafarge paid for pipeline, electricity, valving, and system control for the methane pipeline, and WM funded the development, construction, and continuing management of the compressor station.
LFG supplies nearly 10 percent of the plant's energy needs, decreasing Lafarge's reliance on fossil fuels. The Lafarge plant was already burning scrap rubber and malformed rubber components, which are recovered waste products from rubber manufacturing, so LFG is the plant's second alternative energy source.
This LFG energy project helps WM meet two renewable energy goals. In 2007, WM set a goal to develop up to 60 LFG energy projects by 2012. Projects like this one at the Quarry Landfill will also help WM meet its corresponding goal to double its renewable energy production by 2020.
We're excited to announce the completion of this project to our community and partners who have been so supportive. This pipeline is the product of two companies working together creatively and responsibly for the good of both companies and our environment. —Jim Bachmann, Plant Manager, Lafarge Tulsa Cement Plant
Lafarge strives to be a good neighbor and contribute to the economic and social development of the local communities surrounding its sites. The Tulsa Cement Plant developed and funded the Oklahoma Rocks & Minerals Program, presented to area fifth-grade classrooms to introduce state-specific natural resources and their uses. As of 2009, more than 44 area classrooms and 1,100 students have participated, with additional surrounding schools scheduled for 2009 and beyond.